April 26, 2007
Dogs chose us, the Nova documentary on Sunday said. We didnít choose them. Back when dogs were wolves, they lurked at the edges of primitive villages, the beginning of agrarian civilization. They raided our garbage dumps, picked at the bones of the animals we ate. Omnivores. And then sometimes a man or woman would try to shoo the wolves away. The wolves that didnít run, the wolves that broke their conditioning to stay, perhaps to be touched, perhaps to be killed: these were the first proto-dogs. And then the first bold proto-dog mated with the second brash proto-dog. Farewell, wolves.